Portland Chapter Chair, Women Grow
For more than a decade, I have been advocating for children and for rational marijuana policies. I received a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Missouri, Columbia. I taught 1st and 2nd grades in public elementary school for several years. After having my first of three children, I became a stay-at-home mom and full-time marijuana reform activist. I was a co-founder of Show-Me Cannabis, Missouri’s leading drug reform organization, and am still on the board. During my tenure, Show-Me Cannabis successfully helped free Jeff Mizanskey from life in prison for a nonviolent marijuana offense.
I was also one of several people who helped found New Approach Oregon. I remained involved in the Yes on 91 campaign, creating a group called “Moms for YES on Measure 91.” The group, entirely through grassroots outreach, now has more 1,000 members. I served as a spokeswoman and organizer, and we collaborated with the Yes campaign to help marijuana legalization pass by a 12-point margin. The Moms group continues to work to ensure the new marijuana law is implemented in a way that protects children and reflects the will of voters.
After the legalization victory, I became an entrepreneur. I currently co-chair the Portland chapter for Women Grow, an organization dedicated to helping female marijuana entrepreneurs. Our Women Grow Portland chapter is now the largest marijuana-related business networking group in the state. Last year, I served as the vice president a local Parent Teacher Association. This year I am serving as the co-president. My children are 10, 8 and (nearly) 4 years old.